Thursday, May 26, 2011

Game 5, Saturday, April 12, 1924

In their 5th game of 1924, the Seattle Indians dropped to a 1-4 start after losing to 37-year old former Major Leaguer James Otis 'Doc' Crandall.  For his biggest career win, take a look at the box score for game 5 of the 1911 World Series between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Athletics. Jim Bagby started the game for the Indians. Bagby, a former Cleveland Indian, achieved the rare distinction of winning more than 30 games in a season for a 1920 Cleveland team managed by Tris Speaker (the infield featured Bill Wambsganss and Ray Chapman). Unlike Crandall who won one game but lost every Series despite getting three separate trips with the Giants, Bagby's Cleveland team won in 1920, and he went 1-1. However, Bagby was done after pitching 30 complete games that year. He would win 21 games between 1921 and 1923, his Major League career over. He spent 1923 in Pittsburgh and Seattle, and then 1924 with Seattle. He would pitch in the minors until 1930, retiring at the age of 40 after spending parts of the that year pitching for the Monroe, LA Drillers and the York, PA White Roses. His son, Jim Bagby, would pitch for 10 years in the majors, including being on the losing Red Sox side of the 1946 World Series.

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